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Classical music:  Two Madison pianists perform four-hand American music Monday night at a concert for the Rural Musicians Forum at Taliesin in Spring Green | July 20, 2019

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By Jacob Stockinger

For the first time ever, the Rural Musicians Forum will present music for piano 4-hands, where two pianists play simultaneously on one piano.

On this coming Monday, July 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Hillside Theater at architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin compound in Spring Green, Madison-based pianists Satoko Hayami (below top) and Jason Kutz (below bottom) will showcase four-hand piano music by American composers, spanning from 1864 to 2019.

The concert by the two graduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Mead Witter School of Music will present a variety of composers and works created for this ensemble: pre-ragtime composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk’s virtuosic arrangement of Gioachino Rossini’s William Tell Overture; excerpts from Samuel Barber’s Souvenirs, a ballet suite (heard played tag-team style in the YouTube video below); a lush arrangement of themes from the Wizard of Oz by William Hirtz; and the riveting Gazebo Dances by John Corigliano, a four-movement work that, in his own words, suggests “the pavilions often seen on village greens in towns throughout the countryside, where public band concerts are given on summer evenings.”

Additionally, the audience will hear the world premiere arrangement of Music in 3/4 for Four by Kutz, excerpts from his solo piano suite, Music in 3/4.

Admission is by free will offering, with a suggested donation of $15.

Taliesin’s Hillside Theater (below) is located at 6604 State Highway 23, about five miles south of Spring Green.


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3 Comments »

  1. ARGHHHH. Organ Concert at St. Stephen’s is on MONDAY 22 July, not Tuesday. At 6:30

    Constance M Kilmark

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    Comment by Connie Kilmark — July 21, 2019 @ 10:23 am

  2. Jake, Greg Zelenograd will be playing a concert this TUESDAY evening, July 22, on the fine tracker organ at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 5700 Pheasant Hill Road in Monona. The organ was designed by Manuel Rosales who designed the organ at Disney Hall in L.A. 6:30 PM Free, light reception to follow the concert.

    Connie Kilmark

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    Comment by Connie Kilmark — July 20, 2019 @ 7:24 pm

  3. Somewhat off-topic, but my thanks to Willy Street Chamber Players for keeping us posted via email that yesterday’s concert had been canceled because of the power outage (and as a result AC) problems.

    Music to keep cool by?

    Comment by Ronnie — July 20, 2019 @ 8:57 am


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